The UK-India Year of Culture celebrated with a Festival of Dance


Sari © David de Souza

Two of India’s most celebrated dance companies are to mark the India-UK Year of Culture with a Festival of Dance from 27th September – 21st October 2017. The troupes, Daksha Sheth Dance Company and Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company, are set to tour this autumn in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Birmingham with an elaborate showcase of classic and contemporary Indian culture including the UK Premiere of ‘Sari’.

Daksha Sheth Dance Company presents the UK Premiere of ‘Sari’

Sari © David de Souza

Sari © David de Souza

Sari, a show conceived to rekindle the lost playfulness and individuality of the graceful and inimitable “sari”, expresses the weavers’ imagination, the wearer’s sensuality and her regional identity. The sari is truly the jewel of the Indian handloom industry, an industry which with its incredible range of colour, texture and design has, for millennia, been one the most visually striking elements of Indian culture.

Through the expertise of renowned dancer and choreographer Daksha Sheth, Sari is a celebration of this unique drape, in constant play with the body, both in stillness and in movement.

Bringing together acrobatics, dance and poetry in her trademark style, Daksha’s knowledge of Kathak, Mayurbhanj Chhau, the martial art of Kalaripayattu and the aerial technique of Mallakhamb fuse with Indian contemporary dance to create a stunning and memorable performance.

Sari, an idea of Rta Kapur Chisti, co-author and editor of Saris – Tradition and Beyond, has been directed by composer Devissaro and choreographed by Daksha Sheth.

Sari Schedule – UK Tour 2017

27th September 2017
Festival Theatre Edinburgh / 0131 529 6000

29th September 2017
Tramway, Glasgow / 0845 330 3501

30th September 2017
Tramway, Glasgow / 0845 330 3501

Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company presents Inter_rupted

Aditi Mangaldas Inter_rupted © Niravir Singh

Aditi Mangaldas Inter_rupted © Niravir Singh

The celebrated Indian dance-maker Aditi Mangaldas brings her high-octane creation Inter_rupted, infusing the ancient art form Kathak with 21st-century sound, rhythm and light to the UK this autumn.

Eight dancers including Mangaldas are joined by a group of musicians on stage for a startlingly rich and intricate piece that emerges from the depths of the body, exploring its fragility, disintegration and renewal.

Considered a maverick in her country, the choreographer has consistently broken ground with her visionary merging of classic and contemporary Indian dance styles.

Unafraid to confront social and present-day concerns, her eloquent and dynamic work is characterised by percussive footwork, narrative gestures and dizzying spins. On Inter_rupted, she collaborates with Fabiana Piccioli, much admired for her striking lighting designs and winner of the Knight of Illumination Award. The mesmeric music is composed by Sajid Akbar and performed live on stage.

Inter_rupted Schedule – UK Tour 2017

20th October 2017
Tramway, Glasgow / 0845 330 3501

21st October 2017
Tramway, Glasgow / 0845 330 3501

23rd October 2017
Birmingham Hippodrome / 0844 338 5000

About The UK-India Year of Culture

The UK-India Year of Culture is a twelve-month celebration of the long and rich partnership between India and the UK. It sees a vast programme of cultural exchange and activity taking place in cities across both countries, including a focus on India’s heritage and contemporary culture as part of the dynamic India @ UK 2017 festival.
Information on the full programme is at


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